Recap: Green Business Forum – A Conversation with Montgomery County’s New Director of Environmental Protection, Elisabeth (Lisa) G. Feldt – March 31, 2015
On March 31, MCCC welcomed Montgomery County’s new Director of Environmental Protection, Elisabeth (Lisa) G. Feldt, for a conversation about how the Department and the business community can work together to address environmental issues facing the County and expand the green economy.
Prior to her new role at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Director Feldt’s has had extensive experience working on environmental issues and how it affects businesses. She began in the U.S. Department of Energy in the nuclear waste management and clean-up programs. After leaving Federal service she managed an environmental consulting firm, where she worked directly with variety of businesses on environmental compliance and liability and project management services. She was then appointed to the role of Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and also served as the Acting Deputy Administrator.
Director Feldt emphasized that the economy and the environment are mutuality inclusive. As a leader in environmental issues, Montgomery County is committed to working with the business community to implement green practices.
She is pleased to be at DEP working with a great staff. Her priorities continue to be formed, but they currently include a focus on sustainability and the stormwater program.
Sustainability: Recent bills around sustainability created the Office of Sustainability which is housed within the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance. Under this initiative, there is a climate action plan that consists of three pillars: energy pillar, green certification, and roadside trees.
Stormwater: The stormwater program addresses the concerns about how we control our stormwater run-off. The program is an effort to comply with regulations, to protect our water and land resources, and to create new economic opportunities. The program is supporting local businesses that can help in traditional infrastructure and green infrastructure opportunities for implementation for the next generation of our Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4).
Director Feldt then opened it up to questions from the attendees which led to an in depth conversation about the opportunities for the County and business community to work together on these efforts.
For more information on the Department of Environmental Protection, visit their website at montgomerycountymd.gov/dep